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I'm thinking of doing this.....will it work?

Discussion in 'The Track......' started by msell66, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. msell66

    msell66 Burning Fossil Fuels Donator

    I've never cared for my seating situation in the 66. Move the seat so my legs are comfortable and I'm too far from the wheel. Perfect for the wheel and I'm too close for my legs. Makes it hard to brake, heel & toe shifting. Currently the new full containment seat is great for my legs but causes my leg to hit the underside of the wheel while braking/shifting.
    I don't want to rip it all out and lower the seat pan unless that is my only or last option. I have a removable wheel and had this thought.



    What about making a spacer that will go between the back side of the wheel and the hub? I only need the wheel to move towards me 1"-2" and it would fit great.
  2. B67FSTB

    B67FSTB The NorCal dude from Belgium

    A fine machineshop could make you a spacer .But after that , your steeringwheels sits a bit higher , so you have to tilt the whole steeringcolumm.Right ?
  3. msell66

    msell66 Burning Fossil Fuels Donator

    Initial testing shows it to still be ok.
  4. B67FSTB

    B67FSTB The NorCal dude from Belgium

    Maybe a new machined hub is the best/strongest way to use, cause the six bolts needs to be longer and will weaken the construction.
    You steeringwheel has to deal with some forces during racing so a new machined hub is probably the best / durable way to go.
    my 2 eurocent
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  5. Midlife

    Midlife Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Dude: get a wheel with an additional 2 inches of dish! Problem solved.
  6. Horseplay

    Horseplay Well-Known Member

  7. msell66

    msell66 Burning Fossil Fuels Donator

    My buddy Jeremy is going to mill a spacer for me
  8. rbohm

    rbohm Active Member

    a spacer will work, and would probably even look good if done right. you might want to consider though a new column from idit instead. that way you can get tilt and telescoping in one unit.
  9. msell66

    msell66 Burning Fossil Fuels Donator

    Yeah, a new column is not happening.
  10. msell66

    msell66 Burning Fossil Fuels Donator

    Ok, all fixed! I called Jeremy...YES...THAT Jeremy and he was able to make me a spacer. It's nice to have friends with cool tools!!!

    I gave J all the measurements and he picked up a chunk of 6061 aluminum and worked his magic!


    I drilled the 3 holes so it would mount to the quick release and then re mounted the wheel to the Q-R. Bought some new SS screws for a better look over the old black headed screws. I now have more room between the wheel and my legs and the wheel a bit closer to me is much better too.


    All finished.




  11. Horseplay

    Horseplay Well-Known Member

    Problem solved. Nice work, Jeremy.
  12. kb3

    kb3 Well-Known Member

    do you have Tyrannosaurus Rex arms?

    Looks good.
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  13. msell66

    msell66 Burning Fossil Fuels Donator

    Actually, monkey arms. The distance to the wheel was too far and my arms would end up too straight causing my arms to tire too fast. With the wheel closer my arms will have a nice bend to them and should tire less.
  14. Midlife

    Midlife Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    You could have used your ears instead of arms/hands for turning the steering wheel...plenty of extra length there.

    Good job, Jeremy! But it would look better with a Christmas-sweater motif for a spacer cover.
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  15. 70 StangMan

    70 StangMan Well-Known Member Donator

    That would make sense. ( considering your flappers )
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  16. Ponyboy66

    Ponyboy66 Pole Position

    Dang Mark, that spacer is like 3" long. You really did lose some arm length when your ears where growing.

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